The Gazette - May 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Forthcoming Events

30th October – 1st November 2020, International Autumn Tournament

This will take place at The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. We are pleased to be returning to this popular hotel with its excellent facilities. The hotel is located close to the town centre, and a short taxi ride from the railway station.

There will be two five round chess tournaments. The Open section is open to all visually impaired chess players and associate members of the BCA. The Challengers is limited to those graded 100 or below. The entry fee for both tournaments is £10. The cost of dinner, bed and breakfast for members and associate members is £45 per person per night for Friday and Saturday nights for those sharing a double/twin room and £47 per person per night in a single room. For members and associate members staying on the Sunday night, the cost will be £60 per person sharing a double/twin room and £69 per person in a single room. For prices for non-members, please contact the organiser. Car drivers need to note please that there is a £10 charge per day for parking.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 10th September 2020. Please send your entry fee and full payment for all accommodation to Gill Smith by this date. Organiser Voldi Gailans. Queries about the tournament should be sent to Voldi.

Sunday 31st January to Sunday 7th February 2021 – The 28th Chess Theme Break

The 28th Chess Theme Break will be held at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth. It is anticipated that the week will closely follow the tried and trusted programme developed by Peter and Celia Gibbs. It will include coaching provided by more experienced BCA members, a tournament and many social events. Please refer to Gary Wickett’s report on the 27th Chess Theme Break in this issue to get a flavour of what the week entails.

The cost of dinner, bed and breakfast for the week is £378 per person sharing a double or twin inland room and £448 per person for single occupancy of a double room. The cost of individual nights for anyone not staying the whole week are £54 per person sharing, with a £10 per night supplement for single occupancy. There is also a supplement of £10 per room per night for a sea view subject to availability and on request.

Please note that the normal BCA booking procedures do not apply to this event. Bookings are to be made directly with the hotel, but we ask that you are patient for a little longer as the booking forms are not yet available. When booking commences it will be announced on the user group and regular attendees who do not subscribe to the user group will be informed. Others who are interested in booking should enquire from June onwards. The hotel will require a non-refundable deposit of £30 per person when booking. The closing date is the 30th of September 2020. Full payment will need to be made to the hotel by 31st December 2020. Under the current arrangements, BCA members who give or receive coaching during the chess theme break will receive a grant of £50.

Julie Leonard

Booking Conditions and Procedures

By entering a BCA tournament, a player is deemed to have consented for their name and any special requirements to be passed to the hotel prior to the event. Also, consent is considered to have been given for a player’s name, club, results and possibly also their gender to be sent to the ECF for grading purposes. For juniors, the date of birth is also required if they are to get the age-related grading bonus they are entitled to.

If you have any queries about the hotel or the tournament please contact the organiser. Blind and partially sighted UK residents under the age of 25 receive free entry and free accommodation when playing in BCA events. In appropriate circumstances, free accommodation is also available to a parent or guardian accompanying a junior.

Visually impaired UK residents in their first year of membership receive their first BCA weekend event free or £100 reduction in the cost of a week-long event. They may also be accompanied by a guide or companion who will receive the same concession. For a first event we ask for payment in advance and we then make a refund at the event. You may pay in these ways:

Cheques payable to Braille Chess Association should be sent to Gill Smith, see the front of the Gazette for her address. Online or telephone payments may be made to:

Braille Chess Association, sort code 40 52 40, account number 00082456.

Credit/debit card payments may be made through the BCA website.

If you pay by direct payment then you should inform Gill when the payment has been made. Bookings accepted after the closing date are subject to a £10 late booking penalty for each person. Late bookings and entries are accepted at the discretion of the organiser. Bookings are confirmed when full payment has been received. Payments can only be refunded within the time limit set in the terms and conditions set by the hotels. Members are advised to take out holiday insurance to cover themselves.

When contacting Gill please let her know if you want a single, double or twin room and if you have a preference for a bath or a shower. And remember, if emailing Gill, copy in the tournament organiser.

Also say whether any of the following apply.

1 If you will be bringing a guide dog;

2 If you are on a special diet;

3 If you have mobility problems and would benefit from being located in a room near to a lift;

4 If you are a wheelchair user;

5 If you feel you would have any special difficulties in an emergency such as a fire evacuation;

6 Any other special requirements.

The BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.